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At the 10:42 mark in the overtime period, Steve DeNapoli found Zach Currier butt naked open on the wing in transition for the game winner, sealing Waterdogs’ first ever win as a club. Chaos’ Dhane Smith sent the game into overtime with 6.7 seconds left in the fourth, as he was left open in transition and walked right inside for the score.
They say Lacrosse is a game of runs, and that statement stood true in this contest with each team seemingly answering each other consistently.
Coming into the third with a narrow 5-4 lead, Curtis Dickson pushed the Chaos’ lead to two goals in the second. A one-handed bouncer from Christian Cuccinello and an inside finish from Ben McIntosh tied things up at 6 heading into the fourth. As both team continued to answer each other in the fourth, Cuccinello was able to put Waterdogs in front off a feed from Kieran McArdle. Dhane Smith’s game-tying goal and Currier’s game-winning goal in overtime followed, securing the first win for Waterdogs and leaving Chaos still winless.
Zach Currier had a hat trick to lead Waterdogs while Christian Cuccinello had two goals and an assist, and Ben McIntosh had two goals. Drew Simoneau and Jake Withers had another great day at the faceoff dot, as Sinoneau went 10-for-11 (91%) and Withers went 8-for-11 (73%).
Blaze Riordan stood on his head once again for Chaos, making 21 saves in the contest. Connor Fields and Curtis Dickson each had two goals for Chaos.
Redwoods Best Atlas
Redwoods entered the half down 4-5 after a piss poor showing on both ends in the second quarter. But they were able to get right back into things as a Joe Walters pass from beyond the two-point arc found its way into the back of the net, putting them in front 6-5. Just as they had all contest, Atlas was able to strike back in a very timely fashion with Connor Buczek scoring a power play goal and Romar Dennis ripping an absolute missile from Salt Lake City.
Sergio Perkovic netted his second two-bomb of the day early in the fourth and Myles Jones added one with 5:30 left in the fourth. That goal from Jones would prove to be the game winner, as Atlas wasn’t able to capitalize down the stretch.
Joe Walters led Redwoods with one two pointer and and two assist and Sergio Perkovic who had two two pointers. In cage, Tim Troutner made 11 saves with a 55% clip.
Trevor Baptiste wad dominate at the faceoff dot for Atlas, going 15-for-20 (75%). He also scooped up eight ground balls and scored a goal. Connor Buck led the Atlas offense with three points (1G/2A).
Waterdogs FO Unit’s Dominance
One of the biggest aspects to Waterdogs’ play this week, and certainly their first ever win, has been the play of their faceoff unit. With the one two punch of Jake Withers and Dre Simoneau, they have one of the best units at the stripe in the league.
In their win over Chaos, Drew Simoneau and Jake Withers went a combined 18-for-22 (81%). Individually, Sinoneau went 10-for-11 (91%) and Withers went 8-for-11 (73%).
The play of both Simoneau and Withers has been one thing, but their wings, in particularly Ryland Rees, have also been spectacular. Rees was dominate on the sings again today, causing two turnovers and gobbling up five ground balls in the victory.
Play of The Day
Steve DeNapoli feeds Zach Currier for the game-winner in transition.
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